Meet Paula Berwanger known as Julia in NHK’s Omotenashi No Kiso Eigo

Paula Berwanger is one of the most promising foreign actresses in Japan.

Early Childhood

Paula’s parents married in Japan and, although she was born in Brazil, she moved to Japan at the age of one. Her father established a translation company in Tokyo in 1979 and her mother obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Tokyo’s Sophia University.
As a child, she attended the International School of the Sacred Heart, in Hiroo, Shibuya, where she became a native-level speaker of English.


Today, she is involved in all areas of English-language entertainment in Japan.
She played a recurring role, Julia, on NHK’s English-language drama Omotenashi No Kiso Eigo (おもてなしの基礎英語). Over the period of just one year in Japan, she worked for some of the main television channels (NHK, TV Nippon, TV Fuji, and TV Tokyo), in other popular shows such as Sekai Ichi Uketai Jugyou (世界一受けたい授業) and Unbelievable (アンビリバボー).

“Omotenashi” means hospitality. In the series, Julia (Berwanger), arrives in Japan on her own as a foreign young woman without knowing how to speak Japanese, and comes to stay at the “Omotenashi Hostel”. The hostel manager and owner’s daughter, Sanae (Karen Miyazaki), uses basic English to help her guests Julia, David (A.J. Hamilton), and Owen (Michael Filosa) get by in Japan. They learn how to use a soroban, throw a hot-pot party, go out for ramen, and learn how to write their names in the Japanese writing systems of hiragana and katakana. The DVD has recently been released by NHK and accompanies a book with the script, with which audiences can follow the story and learn English.

After the drama is aired commentators, led by half-British half-Japanese dual native Harry Sugiyama, replay the show and explain the English expressions.
She also performed an original play called Connections which was commissioned by the fashionable Wise Owl Hostels for its 2nd Anniversary. It was a one-woman-show inspired by Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice and there are rumors that there might be a second production in partnership with Wise Owl Hostels for 2019.
Within the independent bi-lingual film scene, she was the lead actress and executive-producer for the feature-length film Poster of a Girl. She also directed and produced a short film about the dichotomy of modernisation and tradition in Japan called Drops of Salt.
Behind the scenes, she became the current producer of the Japanese national tour of the International Theatre Company London, a British Shakespearean company that has been coming to Japan since 1994 with support of the British Council. She teaches acting techniques for adults at the Yokohama Theater Group, one of the oldest English language theater companies in Japan. She has coached established actors such as Jessica Robinson of Theater Iridescence, who played the title role in the bilingual production of Medea in Nagoya.

“Born in Brazil, she is a legitimate actress who trained academically at The William Esper Studio in New York. Her great acting abilities are well known among our NHK clients and she can adjust each working environment extremely well,” her representatives FreeWave commented, which is the best agency for foreign actors in Japan.


What is Otaku? Yui Shibata is a “kawaii” girl in “Graduation”

“Kawaii” means cute or lovely in Japanese. Japanese pop culture and its iconic fashion are very famous around the world. A short film called “Graduation” is the story of three high school students, Echo, the  student council president, Nona, a gangster, and Joi, a mysterious geek (Otaku). “Graduation” was screened at the Sacramento International Film Festival and received acclaim from critics.

Like the popular cartoon The Powerpuff Girls, each student in “Graduation” is represented by their own color. Echo (Joanna Cho) is red, Nona (Michelle Park) is blue, and Joi (Yui Shibata) is yellow. Yui Shibata, who played Joi in this film, was born and raised in Japan. Her incredible comedy skill moved casting directors, and she was cast as this charming, mysterious high schooler. Joi is very quiet but she has a kind heart and her inner power is gigantic. Quite often, the Japanese people are known to be reserved and quiet, but they can also be pretty tough and strong. Joi doesn’t speak much, but she offers a water bottle to Echo who was just knocked down and had a nervous breakdown. Joi comforts her, which demonstrates her kindness and empathy. Yui played this character Joi with deadpan humor, but she also adeptly portrayed the character's huge inner power. Audiences enjoy both the humor and heart in this character.

This film is well designed, with beautiful color combinations. Joi’s yellow glasses are cute, and add a little spice to this film. Don’t forget to check out her nice socks. It’s fun to explore “kawaii” Asian fashion.
Japan is famous for anime culture, and young Japanese girls are so becoming in their cute outfits. Yui is an authentic Japanese girl who went to high school in Japan. She also studied acting in the USA at Palomar College and California State University in Fullerton, where she received her BA in Theater Arts. She knows both Japanese and American cultures very well.
Yui became a well known theater-based actor in San Diego and Orange County in California, and then she moved to Los Angeles where she signed a contract with the Avant Artists agency in order to find more TV and film jobs. Since then, she has booked many comical and dynamic roles.
Yui established her acting career in the USA, and she is very popular among Japanese pop culture fans. However, we cannot just categorize her as a cute actor who came from Japan. She is a symbol of Asian actors and specializes as a crazy otaku comedienne. Her distinguished comedy skill makes audiences crack up even before she speaks.
She has just finished filming a new movie in which she has a lead role. She said this new part is very different from Joi in “Graduation” by being very energetic and powerful, yet quirky and crazy in a very good way.
We anxiously await her next work!

From Japan to Kenya, and the the world!

Sanae Ohno is one of the most talented photographers to emerge from Japan. Her background is quite unique, having first earned a veterinary physician's license and successfully practiced in that field. Now she is a professional photographer with an established career based in New York! She has been taking pictures at numerous fashion shows, live music scenes, and throughout the film industry. A long way from Japan and a lot different from veterinary medicine.

At the age of 16, Sanae went camping with Maasai people in Kenya. Her fascination with wild animals began with that experience, which led her to study medicine and become a veterinarian. 

Interestingly, the Japanese bagpiper named "Ally" asked Sanae to take pictures of her live stage performances. Ally was also a veterinary physician and studied at the same school with Sanae! 

After posting great pictures on social media, Blacko, a member of the Irish band "Johnsons Motorcar" saw them and sent a message requesting that Sanae also take pictures of his band on stage. She has been photographing Johnsons Motorcar's performances ever since. 

One after another, Sanae’s incredible camera techniques became famous among musicians and she started to work with many talented artists such as Overground Acoustic Undergraound, HY, Kurei Yuki’s, to name a few. She was extremely touched by the enthusiasm of 8000 audience members during Japanese concerts and of course, after that, she could not stop taking pictures.

She is no longer working as a veterinarian, and instead enjoys a thriving career as an amazing photographer who now lives in the United States.

Sanae studied at New York Film Academy, and obtained an MBA (Media Management) from MCNY. She has been taking photos for more than 30 brands at NY Fashion Week biannually, and is currently active in film, as well. Her biggest credit so far is the Hallmark movie “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane”

Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane

Sanae has also been very involved in theater productions. One of her most memorable works was “Anna May Wong, the actress who died a thousand deaths”. It was a live cinema style show and they performed almost like a sitcom with film equipment, and Sanae worked as a frame designer and 1st camera operator. Filming included a scene set 100 years ago.

Anna May Wong, the actress who died a thousand deaths.

Sanae is thrilled to work in the USA especially because there are so many talented females in the film industry here. She is passionate about taking pictures of “moving” and living things, animals, musicians, actors and many more. Most importantly, she hopes that people will be “moved” by her photographs and films. We cannot wait to see more from Sanae Ohno and we definitely expect to be moved!

Photos by Sanae Ohno
1: Kurei Yuki (Otodama 2018)
2: Johnsons Motorcar
3: NYFW Laquan Smith Runway
4: HY (Rock in Japan 2018)
5: Martin Johnson (Johnsons Motorcar/ Overground Acoustic Underground) 

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"Cosmo Life" May Issue features Victoria Beckham as a cover girl. You will learn all about nails with Salon Owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle, Polish Pioneer Dineh Mohajer and Trend setter Madeline Poole. In "Get the Look" section we will tell you about the hottest trends of these spring whereas in the "Music" you'll meet multitalented Sung Eun Choi. We love working to keep you up to date! 

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Meet Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez Cover Story of "Rich&Beautiful" April Issue

 Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez, more known as “Dynasty Man” is one of the top influencers of Middle East. Since his beginnings in the academic field he became member of several national and international academies and received more than twenty National and International awards. Sir Manuel is advisor of some Princes and Royal Houses around the World as well as Honorary Ambassador of different organisations related to United Nations. We are very excited to have Sir Manuel as a Cover Story of “Rich and Beautiful” April issue and ask him few questions on his projects and secrets of being a success.

R&B:  Hey, Manuel, how are you doing today?

MFG: Doing excellent thank you. It is a pleasure for me to be here with you talking about different topics in your great magazine.

R&B: Do you have a no-how how to wake up early?

MFG: Sure, as I am working in different fields I use to wake up early and sleep few hours. Basically, I use to go to sleep at 1 or 3 am and waking up at 7 am. One minute after waking up I use to check my mail and my WhatsApp to look what bad and good news help me to stand up, in that moment is when I have strength to wake up because of happiness or angriness. It is rarely in me to read newspapers where I am living because if I read yellow press I am sure I will wake up in bad mood. For being good updated I prefer to read LinkedIn or the opinion articles of different colleagues of Le Monde and Le Figaro. After that, I have to take my computer and solve the first problems of the day in different fields, but as personal confession sometimes are not problems with fields, are problems with people. I have to say about that: “problems never come alone, is because people creates them”.

R&B: Are you a coffee addict? What do you do to keep you fit all day?

MFG: coffee not really, I don’t use to take coffee, maybe main addiction is Orange Fanta or Chocolate Milk every day, you know this has not caffeine and doesn’t help to have body fit but is my personal addiction. To keep alert and fit every day I have the emotion in my projects and in my family. My emotion is the only that I need. Also, about keeping body fit I don’t care about my body as a sculpture, I use to take care my health, but I don’t take limits as an obligation. I like to eat what I want but for keeping health I do it in small lunches in different times at the day.


R&B: What are your organising secrets? Do you use any planner? How do you manage to keep up with all your projects?MFG: Basically, what I do is keep every project for the just moment. I only use to work in three projects at the same time, but the others that are not being done I keep it planned to do it in the future. What I use to plan all is take my IPhone everywhere. Is not for making publicity but for me ICloud is the best organisation way to keep it all at the date. Although, knowing Hackers and computers I never forget my paper and my fountain pen at home, this is the best way to put keys of ideas on mind.

R&B: You are known as “a man of style”. Do you dress yourself?

MFG: Yes, I always like to buy and dress by myself. It’s rarely I like clothes that others buy to me.  On the past I use to buy my clothes on different marks like Zara. They used to make good designs and good quality with low price. But some years ago, I discovered a shop in Madrid called “Canalejas” that have tailor suits with high quality at very good price. Always you look a picture of me at an event I use to wear their suits. To have the best combination I wear also Boss shirts and shoes by George’s. You know when you are still learning and working you need to have good appearance with high clothes. But now I learned and what I prefer to use is a comfortable shirt, the North Face jacket, jeans and Skechers.

R&B: What are your favourite clothing, accessories, perfume brands? 

MFG: Although I have favourite clothes for every event there are two accessories that I never forget at home: my vintage watches and my vintage fountain pens. I will confess that I am a lover of antique and vintage watches and fountain pens have two advantages: cost and quality. If you have the ability of being a good looker and you want to take a look at street markets, you can find vintage Omega, IWC, Girard Perregaux or similar by the same price of an Apple Watch. I think in addition of being a hobby is also a good business learning, the best example is Wareen Buffett. He started buying and selling antiques at street markets when he was only 10 years old. Although technology can make thinks perfect, as humans we are imperfect so, I prefer non-perfect accessories for everybody although for me are perfect, because they have history and experience. I have watches from First and Second World War that were in battle and I am sure that although technology an Apple Watch or a Sunto can’t have the battle that my oldies have. With fountain pens the same, I have some new fountain pens of Mont-Blanc, Sailor, Cross, etc but the one I use every day is a Mont Blanc of 1964, the same that JFK has, and is strength as a Mic-22. About perfumes maybe is the only thing I allow others to get me, specially, in women. You always need to have the taste that your women like.

R&B: You have so many projects, what is your main activity today? 

MFG: Nowadays I am working hardly in three projects: business, diplomacy and university. About business, developing new products and campaigns by my own company, Mayaimi International Corp. What we use to do in this company is personal and professional advisory dedicated to individuals as well as organisations and Governments. All the solutions are related the different divisions of the company: Advisory, health, art & management, security and media. About diplomacy, since the Private Council of His Highness Mahmoud Salah Al Din Assaf, developing collaborations with public and organisations as well as agreements with other royal families and governments. And finally, about university in two fields: learning and teaching. Every day, I am still learning and making different e-learning specialisations in business and management. Although I am also working on developing new university projects as well as to starting collaborations as professor in universities.


R&B: You’ve received more than twenty National and International awards. Your work is highly recognised worldwide! What is your favourite project of all?

MFG: Really, I have not a favourite project in comparation to others. 

On the past I was involved in many good projects that were exciting on that moment, but now, thinking with retrospection, these projects were just a chrysalis. Now I am starting to get maturity for long term projects that will have other view and can begin to seem a butterfly. For example, my last book (Follow your own dynasty) was a chrysalis that with the next book that will be published soon is starting to take a good shape.

R&B: You’ve had numerous executive positions in General Council of Royal Academies and Institutes of Spain. What were your duties?

MFG: The General Council was my mother institution. There I could learn almost knowledges in protocol and diplomacy in different fields from academic field to intelligence. Seems incredible but I also learnt a lot when I was collaborating on the External Information Service of this institution. This taught me how World is moving.

Read the full interview with Manuel in the April Issue of "Rich&Beautiful"
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Top 5 Things You Need in Your Kitchen

If you are just starting to cook, or are moving in on your own, chances are, you don't have much in terms of cooking equipment. Here is what we recommend for you to get, as you are starting out. As times goes by, you will, of course, get more kitchen gadgets. But here are five that we recommend starting out with:

- Chopping board. This is something very basic, as you can't chop anything without having a chopping board. It is very versatile, as you can chop pretty much anything on it - onions, potatoes, tomatoes, meat, herbs, etc. 

Some people prefer to get separate chopping boards to meat, dairy items, vegetables, etc. Others get differently sized chopping boards, and use them depending on the volume of things they need to chop. Start out with one, and see what else you need.

- A knife. Again, this is very basic, but you will not be able to chop or cook anything without a knife. A good, sharp knife goes a long way to help you prepare food. You can go to some stores, and hold the knives in your hand, so that you know which one you are comfortable with.

- A big pot. You need a pot for pretty much anything - from boiling pastas to making soups to stewing to pretty much anything else. Some pots come with colander inserts, which makes it easier to cook pasta. Or, you may get a colander separately, and use that.

- A saute pan. We love saute pans, and use them all the time. Again, they are very versatile, and we recommend getting ones without wooden handles, so that you can put the saute in the oven as well. 

Use the saute pan for preparing stir fries, sauteing meat and fish, cooking vegetables and much, much more.

- Roasting Pan. These are perfect for preparing things in the oven. From roast to roasted chicken to roasted vegetables, a roasted pan can help you cook your favorite dishes in the oven.

Don't be scared - cooking is fun. Start getting a few things that we recommended, and add to your collection of kitchen equipment as time goes.